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Just In Case You Don't Think CNN Is Every Bit As Bad As Fox News...

Just In Case You Don't Think CNN Is Every Bit As Bad As Fox News... – October 23, 2008 2:15 AM (edited 10/22/08 10:15 PM)
Talraen (2373 posts) Doesn't Play with Others
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It's not hard to find people on the internet going crazy over how biased and right-wing Fox News is, and those people are absolutely right. What bothers me is how many fewer people talk about how biased and left wing CNN is. I am here to do just that!

I think it's pretty clear to anyone who watches the news at all that Sarah Palin hasn't exactly gotten a fair shake from the media. The average American currently thinks she's literally retarded. And why wouldn't they, with reporting like this? Here's an actual quote from a CNN interview with Palin:

CNN wrote...
GRIFFIN: Governor, you've been mocked in the press, the press has been pretty hard on you, the Democrats have been pretty hard on you, but also some conservatives have been pretty hard on you as well. The National Review had a story saying that, you know, I can't tell if Sarah Palin is incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt or all of the above.

PALIN: Who wrote that one?

GRIFFIN: That was in the National Review. I don't have the author.

PALIN: I'd like to talk to that person.

GRIFFIN: But they were talking about the fact that your experience as governor is not getting out. Do you feel trapped in this campaign, that your message is not getting out, and if so who do you blame?

And now here's the actual context of the article being quoted:

National Review wrote...
Watching press coverage of the Republican candidate for vice president, it's sometimes hard to decide whether Sarah Palin is incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt, backward, or — or, well, all of the above. Palin, the governor of Alaska, has faced more criticism than any vice-presidential candidate since 1988, when Democrats and the press tore into Dan Quayle. In fact, Palin may have it even worse than Quayle, since she's taking flak not only from Democrats and the press but from some conservative opinion leaders as well.

After John McCain unexpectedly chose Palin as his running mate, reporters raced to Alaska to look into her family life, including her teenage daughter's pregnancy; into her per diem expense requests; into her controversial firing of the state's public-safety commissioner; into her husband's role as informal adviser; into the gifts she received; and into much more. Those investigations have yielded hundreds of stories. But Palin's time in the governor's office hasn't been all, or even mostly, family drama and minor controversy. She was also, lest we forget, the state's chief executive. So, what did she do every day? How deeply involved was she in the workings of government? What were her priorities?

And also: Before Palin moved into the governor's office, she was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, population 7,028. How did she adjust to a big new job? Was she up to it? What was her learning curve? Discovering how she made that transition could tell us how she might handle becoming vice president.

Yes, there are legitimate concerns about Palin's lack of experience. Who wouldn't, at the very least, wish that she had more time in the governor's office on her résumé? But a look at Palin's 20 months in power, along with interviews with people who worked with her, shows her to be a serious executive, a governor who picked important things to do and got them done — and who didn't just stumble into an 80 percent job-approval rating.

This article is a criticism of the media, not Palin. There is no way the CNN reporter missed that. This is a blatant case of misusing a quote, and springing it on someone in an interview no less. And I must admit, it really pisses me off.

And honestly, if you find yourself wanting to respond that he could have legitimately read it that way, please just don't.

Re: Just In Case You Don't Think CNN Is Every Bit As Bad As Fox News... – October 23, 2008 11:43 AM (edited 10/23/08 7:43 AM)
chaoscat (452 posts) Ambassador of Good Will
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Yeah, this is exactly why I hate the media. I don't even think of it as Fox is biased towards the right and CNN is biased towards the left, I think of it as they're both biased towards sensationalism and divisiveness.

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